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Modeling Patterns of Wealth Disparity in Predynastic Upper Egypt

Nitschke, Jessica, Geoff Nitschke, Alexander Furman and Matthew Cherry (2017) Modeling Patterns of Wealth Disparity in Predynastic Upper Egypt. In Proceedings Fourteenth European Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems: Advances in Artificial Life (ECAL 2017), pages 322-323, Lyon, France.

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Abstract

This study reports work in progress on an Agent-Based Model (ABM) that critically explores theories that have recently gained prominence in the study of Egyptian state formation. This study’s ABM focuses on wealth accumulation and loss in a simple agrarian society within an environment that simulates the Upper Egyptian landscape in ca. 4000 BC, when clear evidence of economic inequality amongst Upper Egyptian households can be observed in the archaeological record. The question this ABM explores is how entrenched inequality emerged in the Nile Valley given abundant natural resources were available to sustain the population. Understanding the establishment of permanent, entrenched inequality is crucial for exploring the development of social complexity and hierarchy.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Subjects:I Computing Methodologies: I.6 SIMULATION AND MODELING
ID Code:1182
Deposited By:Nitschke, Geoff
Deposited On:23 November 2017